The city of Memphis, Tennessee is celebrating its impact on music, a partner for the Deep Water Sound Concert tour featuring soul siren Talibah Safiya.
Memphis Tourism partnered with the independent music artist on her eight-city tour as a way to recognize its roots in music, while presenting an artist they believe will be the future of the city’s sound.
The Deep Water Sound Concert tour reimagines the classic juke joint, playing to intimate crowds in unique venues that appeal to the artistic, creative types.
For the tour stop in Washington, DC at the Foundry Gallery, Safiya had young soul titan J.Buck open the show. This Memphis-bred singer delivered a quartet-laced, neo-blues inspired set of soulfully engaging songs. A show-stopper in his own right, J.Buck is a powerhouse performer who emotes through song and uses every inch of the stage to convey his message through music.
For Safiya, the D.C. stop of Deep Water Sound was a homecoming of sorts, as the soul chanteuse was born in the Nation’s Capital before being raised and spending most of her life in Memphis.
With her modelesque figure and enormous hair, Safiya’s approach to performing meets at the intersection of visual artist and seductress. Her body absorbs the music like a sponge takes on water and she’s not afraid to lower her microphone to allow her hips to sway or her tail to twerk.
Though unique in her delivery, Safiya will remind some veteran performers once categorized as “neo-soul” stars. She invokes reflections of Erykah Badu with her freestyle approach to singing, and when she occasionally raps a line or two you feel the essence of Lauryn Hill.
Memphis is known as the home of Blues Music, but the city has also had great influence on Rock and Roll, R&B and Hip Hop.
Memphis Tourism hopes that the city can use its vast music culture to entice more people to visit.
The Stax Museum of American Soul Music; Graceland the home of Elvis Presley; the Memphis Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum; Memphis Music Hall of Fame; and the Blues Hall of Fame are just some of the major music attractions and museums located in the city.
Thanks to Memphis Tourism and Milton Howery for a great night of music and the arts.